Motivation Monday

Life Vest Inside has had the very good fortune of finding writers willing to share their Kindness Stories/Articles with us. One of our special recurring writers is David Jablinowitz, Op-Ed Editor at Jerusalem Post, who is famous for his “bus stories.”


There is a big difference between Knowing and Doing. From my childhood, I remember being reminded that…“You know better”. As I have now become an adult, and having been an educator, I have discovered that not only children but also many adults ‘know better’ than they are doing! Let me remind you that Knowing something does NOT mean that you are Doing it. There is a big difference between the two. In fact, if one Knows that something is ‘appropriate’ and is not Doing it, there is the problem! I ask you to challenge yourself, NOW, to take just one thing that you Know is good for you either personally and/or professionally and begin doing it. In the future, when you are reminded of a good idea, please don’t respond with “I know that”, ask yourself simply, the important question… “am I doing this or can I improve?”
There are many good examples:
For Leaders: Sincere recognition and a sense of belonging are outstanding motivators. Agendas, calendars, goals, “to do” lists, listening pads, binders, visual aids, active listening, brainstorming, asking rather than ‘telling’, and Mission Statements are important Leadership skills and tools.
For Service Professions: Greetings, appropriate use of names, saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, active listening, smiling, using listening pads, being punctual, assisting team members, and seeking solutions are vital for good service.
For Friends: A phone call, a note card, an email, even a text are kind deeds and signs of friendship.
For Parents and Spouses: Praising more than criticizing, reading together, laughing, playing, walks together, saying “I love you” or “I am sorry” are all beneficial for strengthening relationships.
For Ourselves: Exercise, eating well, education, play, smiling, working hard (and smart), hobbies, massages, hot baths, quiet time, rest, appropriate humor, making improvements, and being kind all add to self-esteem, happiness and well-being.
Note: Being human means we may momentarily forget what is right and appropriate. Being human means we sometimes get carried away with our emotions. Being human means we  sometimes act foolishly. However, we should always strive to do our best, we should move towards Excellence is our lives.
~ Loren D. Lasher

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Kindness Quote

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

Lao Tzu

Act of Kindness

Accept personal responsibility. Be prepared to accept the consequences of your actions. Knowing what’s right isn’t as important as doing what’s right. Be aware that yours will not always be the most popular road traveled.

Positive Affirmation

Today I celebrate my good health! I take notice to all of the choices I make about what I put into my body and how I treat myself. I am in charge and I feel wonderful!

Kindness Media

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